Community Council

Alison Roberts (Chair)

Alison Roberts (Chair)

Dr Alison Roberts is a senior executive with experience in influencing evidence-informed policy and practice; in areas spanning primary health care, population health, parenting and the wellbeing of children.  

Trained as a pharmacist, Alison is a local bayside resident and holds a PhD in change management. Alison’s current role is as CEO of Airlines for Australia & New Zealand. Prior to that, she served in a number of roles at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia over 15 years, most recently as Executive Director, Policy, Advocacy and Innovation. 

As well as receiving appointments to various Ministerial Advisory Committees over the past decade, Dr Roberts has served on the Board of the Parenting Research Centre, the Raising Children Network and was formerly on the Board of Bayside Medicare Local.

Alison is passionate about leading effective knowledge translation and implementation to improve outcomes.

Ian Gould

Ian Gould

Ian Gould has worked as a researcher, research leader, and research and development executive with the Victorian Department of Agriculture and CSIRO in agriculture, agricultural engineering, food science and human nutrition. He has recently retired from CSIRO Div Food Science and Nutrition.

In the LGBTIQ community, Ian’s contributions include the Committee of Management of the Victorian AIDS Council and Gay Men’s Health Centre, deputy chair of the Victorian health minister’s LGBTIQ health advisory committee, the Committee of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, and YACVic’s HEY Grants Advisory Committee. He is currently a director of the Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA).

Thu Nguyen

Thu Nguyen

Thu Nguyen joined SEMPHN in August 2017 as a Community Council member. Thu had previously worked in the Victorian Department of Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. She is currently working as a business manager at Monash Health.

Janette Donovan

Janette Donovan

Jan is a consumer advocate who represents health consumers nationally and internationally.  She is a member of the Chronic Illness Alliance in Melbourne.

She has substantial governance experience as a board director of large, medium and small organisations. Currently she is a member of the Board of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. She also serves on a number of government committees.

Jan focuses on the health service needs of people with chronic illness particularly the need to support people who struggle with mental illness. She has a strong interest in maternal and child health and the health and social issues affecting all marginalised people.

Marlene Dalziel

Marlene Dalziel

Marlene is a Health Promotion Practitioner with a background in social planning and community development across local government and the primary health care sector.  She has lived and worked in the Shire of Cardinia, on the rural urban fringe for over 25 years; she is passionate about her community, especially those who have poor access to infrastructure and services. 

Marlene was a member of her local small rural health service Board of Management (Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service), for over 10 years, gaining considerable understanding of both aged care services and acute hospitals, in addition to her primary health care work. 

Deb Parish

Deb Parish

Debra is a Care Coordinator for people with complex mental health needs at Mentis Assist, Frankston. She has worked in the mental health sector for over nine years. Debra has also worked extensively with young parents experiencing substance-use issues and involvement with Child Protection. Having also worked in the Family Violence sector as a Crisis Worker, Debra has a good knowledge of the complexities that families experience.

She is passionate about community work and advocacy and has supported people from the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal communities to access health care and supports.

She joined the Community Council in July 2019.

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